Christmas at the Botanics, the final few days

Posted on Dec 29, 2017
Christmas at the Botanics, the final few days

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is currently running a magical outdoor trail of light celebrating Christmas. You have just two more chances to see this years Christmas at the Botanics, a stunning light show which is fast becoming another must do annual event in the capital. I visited it’s the family and seeing the gardens lit […]

Christmas stars, strong coffee and perfect pastries, at Victor Hugo

Posted on Dec 19, 2017
Christmas stars, strong coffee and perfect pastries, at Victor Hugo

This Edinburgh deli has been a strong favourite of Mrs Sketcher and I for a long time, ever since we discovered it as a haven of normality when our baby was staying at the Sick Kids hospital. Almost six years later and we still love sitting in the window looking out over the Meadows as […]

A family trip through Edinburgh’s Christmas

Posted on Dec 15, 2017
A family trip through Edinburgh’s Christmas

This week the Sketcher clan took a trip through Santa’s Wonderland in the Princes Street Gardens before warming up with some very fine Asian cuisine at Wagamama. Its at least an annual visit to Edinburgh’s Christmas markets and kids fun fair for the Sketcher family, we love having a go on the rides, watching the […]

Join me capturing Edinburgh’s Christmas in sketches

Posted on Dec 11, 2017
Join me capturing Edinburgh’s Christmas in sketches

Create your very own montage of festive sketches at the one off Christmas workshop in Edinburgh’s New Town Spend Friday 15th December with me picking up speed sketching tips both inside and out as we make our way around Edinburgh’s New Town, drawing some of George Streets beautiful decorations and spending some time in the Portrait […]

Festive family favourites being screened outdoors in the Cowgate

Posted on Dec 8, 2017
Festive family favourites being screened outdoors in the Cowgate

This Christmas catch a Christmas movie at the Cowgate NYC Film and Street Food Festival, in the Three Sisters courtyard.With a huge outdoor cinema screening festive favourites, together with mulled wine and American style street food this sounds like the perfect way to start your festive night out. The screenings run from Sunday to Thursday each week until December […]

A Night Under The Stars In Aid Of Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity

Posted on Nov 24, 2017
A Night Under The Stars In Aid Of Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity

Last night I ran a stall at the Prosecco and Shopping evening, the first stall of the season for me. The stunning dome roofed hall inside the Royal Bank of Scotland building at St Andrews Square has a wonderful ceiling of stars, which my sketch above (drawn from my stall) shows a small part of. The […]

Christmas is building, in Princes Street Gardens

Posted on Nov 1, 2017
Christmas is building, in Princes Street Gardens

This morning whilst walking from the old to new town I noticed Princes Street Gardens is once again busy becoming a Christmas Wonderland. On a rainy day in Edinburgh with the leaves still changing from green to orange to red is it perhaps hard to imagine the city in it’s Christmas guise, but the season […]

WhereArtI 30th October : Where in Edinburgh am I?

Posted on Oct 30, 2017
WhereArtI 30th October : Where in Edinburgh am I?

Can you tell me where in Edinburgh I have sketched? If so click the link below to email me your answer. I will pick a random winner from all correct answers on Tuesday morning. Through October I have 5 pairs of tickets to this years Foodies Festival Christmas event in Edinburgh. Each week the randomly picked winner will receive a pair of […]

Christmas doodles from two weeks with the family

Posted on Jan 27, 2017
Christmas doodles from two weeks with the family

Christmas is my favourite time of the year and this time I enjoyed two full weeks away from the computer. Although I couldn’t stop myself from sketching occasionally I did take the fortnight off to spend with family and friends and enjoyed the lack of screen time, returning in the second week of January refreshed and […]

Merry Christmas everyone, from my home to yours!

Posted on Dec 28, 2016
Merry Christmas everyone, from my home to yours!

Filled with Christmas cards, family photos and happy memories. Our festive fireplace makes me happy 🙂 This is the Sketcher family fireplace, and looking at it makes me feel all Christmassy. I hope you are all having a lovely relaxed time with family and friends, or just enjoying some peace and quiet over the festive […]

Edinburgh’s Street of Light

Posted on Dec 20, 2016
Edinburgh’s Street of Light

A splendid show in Edinburgh as the sun falls on the Street of Light. This week we have had some stunning sunsets in the capital, and sun rises too as the weather stays mild and wet. I captured this one on George Street recently as the sun fell and the city began to sparkle with the […]

Carols for Christmas at Edinburgh’s St Cuthberts Church

Posted on Dec 15, 2016
Carols for Christmas at Edinburgh’s St Cuthberts Church

Last night St Cuthbert’s Church hosted the annual Carols For Christmas concert in aid of The Sick Kids Friends Foundation. It was a wonderful night of choir singing, inspirational readings, and the stirring sounds of the Dalkeith & Mortonhall Brass Band who played a number of festive tunes. Edinburgh Academy Chamber Choir sang throughout, guiding the […]

Get in to the Christmas swing with the help of Five Guys Named Moe

Posted on Dec 9, 2016
Get in to the Christmas swing with the help of Five Guys Named Moe

As part of this years Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations the hit musical Five Guys Named Moe has taken over Festival Square. Squeezed within the square inside the famous Spiegletent the show is a riot of colour and energy that jives its way through the crowd with the help of a rotating stage and fantastic energy of […]

Close up on Christmas

Posted on Nov 29, 2016
Close up on Christmas

For this week’s WhereArtI I drew an Edinburgh institution, the beautiful festive garlands which wrap around the pillars of The Dome on George Street each year. The Dome is a wonderful building with stunning architecture both inside and out and for the past 20 years has been a welcoming venue to meet, eat, have a drink […]